London Bridge, Arizona

The actual London Bridge was purchased by the president of the McCullough Corporation and rebuilt at this location, in artificial Lake Havasu, in the middle of the desert, on the Colorado River. The relocated bridge was originally built spanning dry land, then a channel was dug so that the bridge was spanning some water. According to masons who packed the bridge in England, less than 10% of the stones in the structure actually came from the original bridge. The visionary developer and CEO of the small engine company that bears his name, Robert McCullough, submitted the winning bid for the bridge ($2,460,000) in 1968, when the city of London was having it removed to build a new bridge. It cost another $7 million to move it to Lake Havasu (by ship to Long Beach, then trucked to Lake Havasu). It was re-dedicated when assembly was complete in 1971.